Winter Wonderland 2021

Friday 17th December 2021

Winter Wonderland returns with more festive fun for our children

  • Santa and his Reindeers 
  • Present for every child
  • Inflatable Snow Globe
  • Fairground Rides
  • Hot Chocolate and Sweet Treats to enjoy during a Christmas movie

Please ensure you pay your £10 per child via Parentpay

8 Weeks and Counting



St Joseph’s Primary

18th August Pupils Return to school from summer break
August/September Father Stephen to upload Sacramental information video for P4/P7 parents.
30th August


Primary 6  Stage Mass @2.15pm

(Mass of Enrolment for Pope Frances Faith Award)

Monday 6th September Primary 7  Stage Mass @11:05am

Primary 5 Stage Mass @11:35am


Primary 4 Stage Mass @1:35pm

Primary 3 Stage Mass@2:05pm


Wednesday 8th September Primary 2 Stage Mass @11am

Primary 1 Stage Mass @11:35am


12-19th September Vocations Awareness week

17th September:

Pr7 Vocations Mass @ 10am St Mirin’s Cathedral

6th October Rosary Group @8.30am
19th October P4 Retreat with Fr Stephen in Gym Hall

P4a 11:05am – 12:05pm

P4b 1:30pm – 2:30pm

20th October Rosary Group @ 8.30am
Friday 22nd October P7 Retreat with Fr Stephen in Gym Hall

P7a 11:05am – 12:05pm

P7b 1:30pm – 2:30pm

27th October Rosary Group @ 8.30am
Monday 1st November All Saints – Holy Day of Obligation Mass P5,6,7 @ 9.30am St Joseph’s Church

P1,2,3,4 @10.45am Gym Hall  (Early Break)

16th -30th November Catholic Education Week

‘Celebrating and Worshipping’

Sunday 21st November: Education Sunday – Readings, Children to speak at 10am Mass.



16th November St Margaret of Scotland Feast Day (House Event in St Joseph’s Primary School)
18th November CEW Cluster Mass – @7pm St Joseph’s Church with House Captains and Vice Captains.


Sunday 28th November 9am – P7 Mass of Commitment (4 pupils from each class to represent their class)

10am – P3 Mass of Commitment (4 pupils from each class to represent their class)

3rd December Advent Assembly Gym Hall
7th December P5-7Advent Confessions with Fr in DHT room @10am onwards
10th December Advent Assembly Gym Hall
17th December Advent Assembly Gym Hall
20th December Advent Assembly Gym Hall
13th January St Mungo Feast Day (House Event in St Joseph’s Primary School)
Wednesday 2nd March Ash Wednesday 2 services in School

1.  11.00am – 11.25am

2.  11.30am – 11:55am

Thursday 3rd March P4 Sacrament of Reconciliation @ 11am in school
Sunday 6th March P4 Rite of Commitment Mass @10am in St Joseph’s Church. 4 pupils from each class to represent their class.
9th  March Lenten Mass @ 8.15am
10th March St John Ogilvie Feast Day (House Event in St Joseph’s Primary School)
16th March Lenten Mass @ 8.15am
23rd March Lenten Mass @ 8.30am
18th March Feast of St Joseph’s Mass @ St Joseph’s Church 9.30am if allowed (P4/P7)

11am Mass on Teams for rest of school.

21st March Pr4 – 7 Lenten Confessions with Fr in DHT Room @10am
30th March Lenten Mass @ 8.15am
Saturday 23rd April P4A/B First Holy Communion  in St Joseph’s Church and St Bridget’s Church

Times TBC


Sunday 24th April P4 Mass of Thanksgiving @ St Joseph’s Parish 10am
6th May Primary 7 Sacrament of Confirmation TBC
4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 25th May Rosary Group @8:30am
10th May P7 Mass of Thanksgiving @ St Joseph’s Church 10am
26th May Ascension Thursday Mass

1.    P1-P4 9:30am Mass in Church

2.    P5-P7 10:45am Mass in school

9th June St Columba Feast Day (House Event in St Joseph’s Primary School)
June – date to be confirmed. Leaver’s Ceremony @ 1.15pm School Gym Hall







Please use link below to apply for Clothing Grant and Free School Meals.

P1 – P4 parents should also apply if eligible.

Apply to Clothing Grant and Free School Meals

Clothing grant value

The rate for 2021 to 2022 is £120 per primary school child and £150 per secondary school child.

Change of circumstance

If you received a clothing grant last year, it’s important you tell us if your bank details or any of your circumstances have changed in the last 12 months. If you qualify for council tax reduction or housing benefit you’ll receive a separate letter for each child eligible for a clothing grant.

Qualifying benefits

Will I qualify? Clothing grant Free school meals
Employment and Support Allowance (Income related) Yes Yes
Income Support Yes Yes
Job Seekers Allowance (Income based) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit only with a gross annual household income of less than £16,105 for 2020/21 Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of up to £7,500 for 2020/21 Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of below £16,105 but above £7,500 for 2020/21 Yes No
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Yes Yes
Housing benefit Yes No
Universal Credit – where your maximum monthly earned income from employment does not exceed £625 Yes Yes
Council tax reduction Yes` No

End of term message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,


Well, session 2020-21 was a challenge but we have made it! It can be easy to dwell on the negatives of such a difficult year but we have proved that the positives outweigh all the negatives. We have a school of happy children who genuinely enjoy their learning and want to be here, that alone is a massive achievement.

I would like to thank you for all your support throughout the second period of remote learning, the time and effort you put in to supporting your children was evident on their return and has contributed greatly to the minimal learning loss we have experienced in St Joseph’s. I would also like to thank you for your kind words and constant encouragement for our staff and also personally, knowing you were with us every step made a huge difference to us.

We have been blessed with a staff team in St Joseph’s who are dedicated to the wellbeing of our children and will always put their needs at the centre of everything they do. I would like to thank them for everything they have achieved this session and wish them a very restful and relaxing summer.

And a final thank you to Canon Stephen who has helped support and guide us through the last session. He has been a constant presence in our school and his kind words and strength of Faith have helped to keep us strong.


So, as we move in to a more relaxed period of summer sun (hopefully) I hope you enjoy precious family time and get a chance to be together with those that you have missed.


With much love


Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

St Joseph’s Primary School

Justice and Peace Scotland

Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to join us for a discussion of the impact of the pandemic drawing on the experience of our panel. Together we will share, reflect and start to identify how the church can be ready and prepared in our communities to meet the challenges which remain.

The panel includes:

Prof. Stephen McKinney (University of Glasgow)

Fr. Basil Clark VE (Archdiocese of St. Andrews & Edinburgh)

Danny Collins (National President, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Scotland)

Martin Johnstone (Poverty Truth Network / At the Edge)



As Scotland prepares to host the UN climate talks (COP26) later this year, we have a unique opportunity to make an impact and increase the pressure on institutions and governments to respond with the urgency that the climate crisis demands.

Join this webinar to find out how Churches in Scotland – both locally and nationally – can support a just and green recovery by divesting from fossil fuels and re-orienting investments towards a clean energy future.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers:


We hope you can spread the word of these events, your support of Justice & Peace Scotland is very appreciated.

Kind regards

Frances Gallagher

Justice and Peace Scotland


I am working Mon, Tues and Wed each week.


If you want peace work for justice

A Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland


Dear Parent / Carer

Return to School and Nursery in January 2021

Following the latest announcement by the Scottish Government, I wanted to get in touch with you directly and outline what this will mean for you and your family at the start of the new school term.

They key changes are as follows:

 The school term will now recommence on Monday 11th January 2021 and will be in the form of remote learning only for most pupils.

 Children of key workers and children from vulnerable families will attend school or nursery from Wednesday 6th January. As our establishments were closed when the new arrangements were announced, pupil return has been pushed back by one day to allow
schools to prepare and adjust.

 At present we expect all children and young people to physically return to school or nursery on Monday 18th January. Should this change we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Whilst we would all prefer to be providing teaching in schools and nurseries and in person, we do now have detailed contingency plans developed for remote learning. Teachers will be in touch with you and your family before term commences on the 11th January to provide you with more information. Schools will also work to provide access to a device to enable online learning should you require this.

It is important that only children of key workers and from vulnerable families return to school and nurseries on Wednesday 6th January.

Those qualifying for keyworker provision will include any family where both parents (or a lone parent in a single parent household) are unable to work from home and where there is no other childcare available. Importantly, unlike the restrictions in place before last summer, grandparents and other family members will be able
to provide childcare so please ensure you consider all of the options available to you and your family before sending your children back to school or nursery.

If you meet the above criteria, you can apply for a place at school using the following link:

You will be asked for information about your family’s circumstances, any work commitments and what provision you will require. Your child’s school will be in touch on the 5th January after the holidays to confirm your child’s place. If you require any further information, you can contact your child’s school directly when they reopen on the 5th

For all children who will be attending school, regular school transport will be provided from the 6th January.

I do understand that this latest change has brought further uncertainty at the end of a difficult year. Please be assured that whilst a return to remote learning is a circumstance that our
schools and nurseries did not wish to revisit, we are well prepared now to respond to this challenge.

I know our schools and nurseries will be ready to respond to any questions you might have when they reopen on the Tuesday 5th January.

Yours sincerely

Mark Ratter
Director of Education

Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas. It has been a year like no other but one that has taught us how strong we are, as individuals and as a St Joseph’s family. Thank you for all your kind words and gifts, we are overwhelmed with the gratitude and affection shown to us.

As we recover from the amazing day that was our Winter Wonderland ( I am sure there were lots of very tired children!!) I would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Parent Council who created the most amazing experience for our children yesterday. A special mention to Stacey Hogg our social secretary, we asked for help and she made it all happen!

We have been very fortunate over the last few months not to have had any positive cases in our school. This is due to you, our parents, being vigilant and taking all necessary precautions and we thank you for this. Unfortunately we are still living with this virus and although we move into 2021 with hope and the certainty of a vaccine we still have to live with the current restrictions.

While the number of cases remain low and the measures across our school are helping to keep everyone as safe as possible, unfortunately we might still see some more positive cases in the weeks ahead.  I therefore wanted to update you on the arrangements that have been put in place which should be followed if your child does happen to test positive during the holidays when the school is closed from Friday 18th December.

Positive Case where your child’s symptoms first developed on or before Sunday 20th December

  1. Email – there is no need to contact the school directly
  2. Provide your child’s details including the name of the school, their class and their date of birth.  This will help make sure your child’s details can be found quickly.
  3. Explain when the symptoms first began
  4. Give details on when the test was undertaken and when you received the positive result
  5. Let us know when your child was last in school

Positive Case where your child’s symptoms developed on or after Monday 21st December

If your child develops symptoms on or after Monday 21st December, there is no need for you to email the Education Department.  Instead, you will be contacted by the Test & Protect team who will discuss the details with you and ask for the information they need.  As your child will not have been in school for more than 48 hours before they developed symptoms, there won’t be any need for any in school contacts to be identified.

Please note, it is important to remember the response required will depend on when your child’s symptoms first start – not from when they receive a positive test result!

It is important if your child tests positive during the holidays and has to self-isolate beyond the school return date of 5th January that you contact the school directly as you would for any other absence.

 Have a blessed Christmas and come back to us safely in 2021!

Kindest regards

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

Email Issues

We are aware that some parents have not been receiving all school emails from our Groupcall Messenger mail system and that they might have been directed to your Junk Mail folders.  It appears to be an intermittent problem so you might be receiving some but not all school emails.

To ensure this doesn’t happen can you please put into your email address book as this will stop emails going into your Junk/Spam folders.

Scottish Child Payments Information

Scottish Child Payment is a new payment for families on tax credits or certain benefits to help towards the costs of looking after a child.

It’s £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six.

The payment starts on Monday 15 February 2021, with first payments made from the end of February onwards, but Social Security Scotland is taking applications now to help manage demand.
You can apply if your child will be under six on 15 February 2021.
The qualifying benefits are:

 Child Tax Credit
 Income Support
 Pension Credit
 Working Tax Credit
 Universal Credit
 Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
 Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

First payments will be made from late February onwards. When someone gets paid will depend on how many applications we get and the process each individual application goes through.

SCP Payment Factsheet

Find out more information and apply at or call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.


Horizon Photography will be here next week to take photographs of all our children.  They will be here on Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th August and will take the following options:

  • Individual
  • Sibling
  • Full Class/group photos for all years – not just the usual P1 & P7

The photographers will be here for three days instead of one to ensure they can observe social distancing, provide good quality photos and also include all 15 class/group photographs.  We have therefore divided the days as follows:

  • Monday 24th:                     P1 & P2, siblings and class photo
  • Tuesday 25th:                      P3 & P4, siblings and class photo
  • Wednesday 26th:              P5, P6 & P7, siblings and class photo

All children should wear their full ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL UNIFORM on the days they will be photographed.


Applying for Clothing Grant / Free School Meals (Session 2020/2021)

Qualifying benefits

Will I qualify? Clothing grant Free school meals
Employment and Support Allowance (Income related) Yes Yes
Income Support Yes Yes
Job Seekers Allowance (Income based) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit with a gross or projected annual household income of less than £16,105 for 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 HM Revenue & Customs tax credits award letter ( TC602) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of less than £7,330 for 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 HM Revenue & Customs tax credit award letter ( TC602) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit with a gross annual income of below £16,105 but above £7,330 for year 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 tax credit award letter from HM Revenues and Customs (TC602) Yes No
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Yes Yes
Housing benefit Yes No
Universal Credit – where your maximum monthly earned income from employment does not exceed £610 Yes Yes

Apply for Clothing Grant/Free School Meals



  • There will be NO TUCK at morning or lunch interval for the time being
  • Can children in P3 & P4 please bring indoor shoes to leave in class as we have new carpets in these classes (plimsoles are ideal)
  • Parents are NOT permitted within the school grounds at any time unless you have made an appointment to come into school
  • For the first couple of weeks P2 & P3 children will be escorted at home time by their Teacher to the school gates.  Children in P4 to P7 will make their own way to the gate you have agreed to meet them at.  To avoid any upset or confusion PLEASE ensure your child/ren know which gate you will meet them at


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